By Guest Author: Hillary Hunt
The skin around our eyes is often the first to show the signs of aging because it is thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. With aging also comes structural facial changes as bones shift and fat pads shrink under the skin, meaning that delicate skin under our eyes can lose the support that was holding it up. And in more downer news, our body slows its production of collagen (the stuff that makes our skin strong and smooth) such that the skin around the eyes becomes increasingly vulnerable. So what can we do, short of expensive and time consuming procedures, to mitigate the signs of aging around the eyes?
While genetics are certainly the biggest factor affecting the skin around our eyes, that’s not the end of the story. There are proven ingredients for slowing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles while boosting our skin’s collagen production. In other words, when we’re shopping for eye creams, a nice face moisturizer isn’t enough. We need a formula that will be gentle on the fragile skin around the eyes, but that also delivers ingredients that pack real power.
So without further ado, here are the nominees for best supporting ingredients in an eye cream, serum, or oil.
Peptides are a chain of amino acids, which are basically the building blocks of your skin (collagen). Because our skin starts to make less collagen every year after about age 30, peptides are like production managers who come in and essentially tell everybody to get back to work. Thanks peptides!
Antioxidants work to fend off free radicals, like sun exposure and everyday pollutants that are destructive to your skin. Antioxidants will brighten and soothe the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll find antioxidants in many different forms, like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, grape seed extract, ferulic acid, niacinamide, green tea, and resveratrol to name a few. While we can get these antioxidants from our diet, topical administration is best when we’re trying to target the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid is the skin plumping moisture that exists in our skin but that also diminishes over time. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid reduces wrinkles and redness and will keep your skin naturally hydrated.
Retinol (or Vitamin A) is the heavy-weight champion of collagen stimulators. However, potent dosages that can reach the deepest layers of skin require a prescription, which can be costly if not covered by insurance. What’s more, retinol can cause skin inflammation and eye irritation, so make sure you’re using a formula designed for the sensitive skin around the eye.
Look, I’m no chemist—though I felt like I was becoming one while researching this piece. What I am is a person, like you, who would like to cut through the clutter and know what actually works. Science says, the above ingredients are the real deal. But remember; after all the eye creams with collagen stimulating ingredients, the next best thing you can do for your eyes is to shut them. Get some sleep. Relax. Drink a glass of water. And keep laughing, crow’s feet be damned.